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Poster: Jerrob Hungar Date: Oct 10, 2007 5:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Who is "Robert Hunter?"

AshesRising: An answer to your question 'Who is "Robert Hunter?"'

From Hunter's Journal of 6.29.06
'Did I ever tell you the story of how there almost was no Jerry Garcia? We were in our late teens and Jerry had definitely decided to go pro but he was worried about his name. He is of Spanish-Irish-Swedish extraction and, contemplating a career in folk and old timey music, he felt that the name Garcia might be a hindrance to his acceptance in the form. He was seriously wondering if it might be a good idea to use his mother's maiden name, Clifford, with its Anglo Saxon roots. After all, he wasn't particularly interested in Spanish, Swedish or mariachi music. I could see his point but thought it might be difficult to adjust to calling him Clifford (everyone in the crowd being on a last name basis). I told him I'd had a difficult time changing my name from Burns to Hunter when my mother re-married. My friends refused to have any of it and it took years to get used to. I figured that self identity had a lot to do with it. He mulled it over for awhile before deciding, in agreement with Thoreau, that any job that requires a change of dress style is probably the wrong job - same with a name'.

Didn't mean to bump this but I made a mistake with my bold print selection. At least it takes the spam off the top.

This post was modified by Jerrob Hungar on 2007-10-10 12:03:44